10 Habits That Keeps Africa Backward


1. African Time: African time can roughly be defined as the habit of deliberately arriving minutes (sometimes hours) late to a meeting/occasion. This character flaw of a habit is tagged “African time” probably because Africans are more prone to disregarding and disrespecting time than others. Time is one of the most precious gifts given to man and definitely the only one God gave all men equally with the rich and the poor, the tall and short, the wicked and the kind all receiving the same 24 hours each in a day. Been un-time-conscious goes a long way in showing the kind of people we are; people that don’t respect schedule, arrive any time they please irrespective of what others do or think. We need to get rid of this habit to advance as a group of people. Click HERE to continue reading “African Time is Killing Africa”

2. Accumulation Mentality: In an interview with Charlie Rose, Warren Buffet stated that his children will not inherit a significant portion of his wealth. He said “I don’t believe in dynastic wealth. I want to give my kids just enough so that they would feel they could do anything, but not so much that they would feel like doing nothing”. This goes against the African mindset of accumulated wealth. This is a case whereby rich people, mostly corrupt public officials, accumulate more money than they could ever spend in 500 years. “I will accumulate enough money for my children and their children to spend” is at the back of these accumulators’ minds. An African mentality that needs to be purged.

3. Spare-the-rod-and-spoil-the-child Mentality: This is a very dicey topic and I’m going to try as much as possible to explain my point without appearing dismissive of our traditional beliefs. Africans have this “spare the rod and spoil the child” mentality in their approach to disciplining their children. In the Western World, its a criminal offense to physically strike a child in the guise of discipline.
Ask an African and he/she will tell you two things about their approach to discipline;

  • Its an instruction in the Bible that sparing the rod would spoil a child.
  • When you don’t beat a child, he or she will not be disciplined and would grow up wayward, take a look at the Western World and their stubborn kids.

In a bid to get to the bottom of this notion, I searched deep into the Bible via Google and discovered that “spare the rod and spoil the child” is not in the Bible. The closest to that notion is in Proverbs 13:24 and Proverbs 23: 13-14. Proverbs 13:24 (NIV) reads “Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them”. While Proverbs 23:13-14 (NIV) reads “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. Punish them with the rod and save them from death”.
Just like “Heaven helps those that helps themselves”, spare the rod and spoil the child is not in the Bible, verbatim speaking.
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4. Bribery: An African man will tell you that your only obstacle to getting any contract signed, or acquiring any document, or getting that certificate endorsed, or getting out of trouble or even getting a driver’s license is oiling the palms of the right person or people with the right amount of money. I’m not saying you can’t bribe people in the Western World, far from it but bribery in African almost goes unchecked because its a usual thing. Something that has to be done to get things done.

5. Violence Against Women: In the Western World, if a wife reports a case of assault (the threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent ability to cause the harm) or battery (a criminal offense involving unlawful physical contact) would lead to the arrest, detention and possible imprisonment of the husband. But in Africa, reporting the case alone is standing the risk of further brutality by the maniac of a man who would not only be let of the hook by the law enforcement agents but will go as far as telling his wife “you have the guts to report me, you are dead”. Who are we fooling? A people that have no respect for their women will never move forward. Never.

6. Overreligiousness: Africans and religion. We are the most religious set of people on the face of this earth. To put this into context, I spent almost 2 years in the UK, Coventry City to be precise and I can categorically tell you that the biggest church in that City is a Nigerian church. Going to church on a Sunday, you are sure not to miss white people wandering about the street, some smoking, others drinking. And these are the same whites that pay their tax, obey traffic rules, respect women, don’t bribe officials, don’t engage in sugar daddy and cougar relationships etc.
Then Africans, the most religious people on earth, the same ones that pack into church on Sundays, the same ones that pay their tithes and do not pay their taxes (even after Jesus said “give unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and unto God what belongs to God «Mark 12:17»), the same ones that fast for 40 days and 40 nights at the directive of their pastors, the same ones that listen to their pastors more than the listen (read) to the Word of God. Click HERE to continue reading “Africans And Their Overreligiousness

7. Abroad Mentality: No sooner was I mentally composing the contents of this number that a text came in from MTN which read “America – land of opportunity. Learn about America – how to visit, school, work or relocate. N50/5days. Text 1 to 38799”. Everyone wants to travel abroad to make it, now MTN wants to money from the African thirst for Oyimbo money. Instead of staying home and making it as a first class citizen, Africans are busy running abroad to make ends meet as a second class citizen. As my pastor would always say “promotion is from above not from abroad”. Be guided.

8. The I-Better-Pass-My-Neighbor Mentality: Africans and their oppression mentality. I spent some time in the UK and I can tell categorically tell you that you will never know a rich man until maybe you google him. Rich and poor shop in the same shopping centers, rich and poor watch football matches together, rich and poor enter the same trains and buses, rich and poor live in the same areas, rich and poor’s kids attend the same schools. The so called rich folks over there drive the same cars and most have one or at most two cars.
Come down to Africa and the only similarities between rich and poor is the fact that both cry and laugh, both eat and both poo. That’s where the similarities end. The rich live in high brow areas while the poor live in low class areas. The rich acquire unspendable wealth while the poor live by hand-to-mouth. The rich have 4 or even 5 cars they drive once in a year while the poor can’t even boast of one good car. The rich would rather die than enter public transport while to the poor, public transport is the only way.
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9. Husband-Boss Mentality: In America, a man marries a woman and there is an almost equal right in the family. If he decides to end the marriage, she is entitled to about half of his assets. He is not allowed to maltreat her or tell her how to live her life. She is entitled to either changing her surname to his or retaining hers. Cross the oceans into Africa, equal right in the family? For where! He decides to divorce his wife and she gets absolutely nothing from his money. She’s literally married into the man’s family at the mercy of her husband’s parents and sometimes evil sisters. She dare not resist changing her surname because no man will marry a lady with that mindset. Women in this part of the World are told to achieve but not more than their husbands, told to listen and not speak, told to do as he says even if the decision doesn’t benefit her. Is that life?

10. We have rulers not leaders: Africa is littered with rulers not leaders. We live on a continent where 5 current serving Presidents took over power before I was born. We live on a continent where Presidents like Teodoro Mbasago (Equatorial Guinea), Jose Santos (Angola), Robert Mugabe (Zimbabwe), Paul Biya (Cameroon), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) have ruled their countries for 35 years, 35 years, 34 years, 32 years and 28 years respectively. We live on a continent where 8 of the 10 longest serving current Presidents reside. We live on a continent where people assume that they have the birth right to rule and even go as far as passing on to their children to continue from where they stopped. We live on a continent where a failed President is seeking a second term in office without shame, a President under whose watch insurgency grew 500%, a President under whose watch thousands of people have been killed, a President under whose watch corruption has blossomed. This same President is clamoring for re-election in the guise of transformation and continuity. Which continuity?
We live on a continent where a military dictator who ruled, I repeat ruled the country over 30 years ago. A man who imprisoned and killed thousands under questionable circumstances. A man who has enunciated violence provoking utterances. A man who has failed in his quest to become the President on 3 occasions. A man who has officially become the oldest Presidential candidate ever in his country. To put this into context, the United States has had 44 presidents (including Obama) and the oldest to assume office is Ronald Reagan who was 69 years. This is the same man who is seeking election under the guise of change. Which change? To the analog or digital age?
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